Category Archives: Lessons

What Can You Do for the World?

by Michael Maciel Let’s say you’re a spiritual person. You believe in compassion. You believe that love is the most important quality anyone can have and that without it, nothing else really matters. You not only believe these things but … Continue reading

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How to Avoid the Streetlight Effect

by Michael Maciel There’s a joke about a man looking for his car keys under a streetlight.  A cop comes up and asks him what he’s doing. He says, “I’m looking for my car keys.”  The cop asks him, “Is … Continue reading

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Buddha Mind, Christ Mind—the mysteries of oneness

by Michael Maciel There is only one mind The analogy is true—there are many mountains but only one summit. Religions are vehicles custom-tailored to the people for whom they are made. And like all vehicles, they are designed to get … Continue reading

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Does Politics Have a Spiritual Dimension?

by Michael Maciel There is a three-part, divine pattern at play in the two-party system. It’s based on the Holy Trinity, not as a religious symbol but as a Living Symbol. I will try to explain what I mean by … Continue reading

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The Parable of the Rich Young Man—can you be wealthy and still go to heaven?

by Michael Maciel Matthew 19:21 – Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” In order to interpret this story … Continue reading

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The Law of Mind—paying for what you ask

by Michael Maciel When summoned to a court of law, we take an oath to tell the truth when asked about what happened. We are forbidden to lie about it. We are also compelled to divulge whatever information we have … Continue reading

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Is Empathy Enough?

by Michael Maciel The mind really is the problem, what we think about things, more than the things themselves. It’s the “about” part that causes suffering. Can you free yourself from the about? Can you observe something horrible without being … Continue reading

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Mary Magdalene’s Question

by Michael Maciel In the Gospel of Mary Magdalene, it says: 8) And she began to speak to them these words: I, she said, I saw the Lord in a vision and I said to Him, Lord I saw you … Continue reading

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Climbing the Wall – a visualization exercise

by Michael Maciel See yourself in a compound, like a small village but one you can see in its entirety. You’re surrounded by the people and events of your daily life—family, co-workers, the schools you went to, the house you … Continue reading

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Prayer MUST be Creative

by Michael Maciel Prayer MUST be creative. That is its one, essential aspect. Without that, there is no possibility for the power of God to move through us. It might move to us, and through our devotion it can move … Continue reading

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